Ofcom has provided advice regarding the various classes of radio amateur licence and which are eligible to be granted a Notice of Variation.
An extract from the Ofcom statement, provided as part of a FAQ from their web site is shown below.
Amateur Radio (Full) licence
Most licence variations authorise the licensee to do something that is not expressly covered in the licence (for example to use an additional call sign, such as a Special Event Station call sign) or to relax a limitation in the licence (for example installing equipment for general unsupervised use by other licensees, such as an internet gateway).
As a consequence, we limit their availability to Full licensees only.
We do this for two reasons.
First, Full licensees have demonstrated the highest levels of competence. This reduces the risk of inadvertent mistakes and consequent harmful interference due to inexperience or limited technical ability.
Second, we are keen to see standards and levels of competence maintained at the highest possible levels across the hobby. If some privileges are available only to holders of the Amateur Radio (Full) licence, we hope that this will provide an incentive for those who hold a Foundation or Intermediate licence to progress to the highest level.
Amateur Radio (Intermediate) licensees
In the past, the spectrum regulator permitted the variation of Intermediate licences.
We are phasing that out.
We shall not grant new variations to Intermediate licensees and existing variations will not be renewed when they expire. This will return us to the position where only Full licensees enjoy these privileges. This typically involves variations for repeaters and internet gateways.
Where a variation is made available to support a national celebration (for example the 2012 Games) the associated variation may not be restricted to holders of the Amateur Radio (Full) licence. We shall publish details of availability with each such variation.

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